What is Music Therapy?
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) defines music therapy as
the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Both non-musical and musical goals may be established and worked towards during sessions depending on the individual's needs.
Structured to suit individual preferences, a session may include
playing musical instruments,
practicing an instrument,
listening to favorite music,
analyzing song lyrics,
sharing favorite music,
discussing favorite music,
structured musical activities,
Research shows that music therapy can help reduce anxiety, promote relaxation, reduce feelings of depression, increase communication, increase socialization, promote self-expression, provide a creative outlet for self-expression and more.
A multi-faceted and evidence-based health profession, music therapy contributes to the enhancement of one's well-being, establishes and achieves health-specific goals, and can help individuals flourish to their full potential. To learn more click here.
For more information about music therapy and its health benefits and to see Frequently Asked Questions people often have please visit the American Music Therapy Association's website here www.musictherapy.org.
"I regard music therapy as a tool of great power in many neurological disorders -- Parkinson's and Alzheimer's -- because of its unique capacity to organize or reorganize cerebral function when it has been damaged."
-Oliver Sacks, M.D., Author, Neurologist
"Music is an art that goes well beyond science. Proof can be found in the huge amount of studies that have been carried out throughout the world based on music-therapy and the important results achieved."
-Andrea Bocelli, World Renown Opera Singer